It all started with a conversation
Sweatergang Companions was founded by Christine Wilson in 2013 with a lofty goal: to help provide seniors with the support and companionship they need to enjoy their lives at home.
Christine has always enjoyed spending time in the company of seniors. As a young person, she shared many afternoons with an elderly couple who lived nearby, playing cards, sipping tea and listening to stories of their long and fascinating lives. In high school, Christine met a World War II veteran while working at a grocery store, and the two began a lifelong friendship. “He quickly became a member of our family,” Christine recalls. “We met up for coffee each week and he told me stories about his life and his wartime experiences. He even came to my house for Christmas dinner.”
Christine’s passion for engaging with seniors led her to work as a Health Care Aide at a long-term care facility during University. While she enjoyed the work, she was shocked and dismayed at the isolation most seniors experienced in these facilities. The physical needs of seniors were being met, but most lacked the true companionship needed to live happy, healthy lives. For Christine, real companionship is about forming relationships, sharing stories and spending time doing the things you enjoy alongside others who enjoy spending time with you. This aspect of care was simply missing.
Inspired to bring positive change the lives of seniors, Christine established Sweatergang Companions in 2013. Sweatergang provides PSW support as well as an extensive list of other services, but companionship remains the cornerstone of Sweatergang’s offerings, since Christine believes it is the most impactful thing we can provide to our seniors. It’s that feeling of cozying up with a pot of tea and a good friend that she hopes to create with every relationship started through Sweatergang Companions – the feeling of comfort and most importantly, home.
Through hard work and an ever-growing team of exceptional caregivers, Sweatergang has expanded to provide incredible service across Eastern Ontario and stands apart as a company driven by honesty and an authentic passion for improving the lives of seniors.
In addition to her work with Sweatergang Companions, Christine Wilson was on the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s Society of Lanark County from November 2013 until March 2015. She enjoys hiking, canoeing, cross country skiing, traveling and relaxing with a good book. Christine lives outside of Smiths Falls with her husband, their young son, Benjamin and two dogs.